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By car from Maputo
 
When entering Maputo on the toll road from Swaziland or South Africa, take the EN1 highway north. The off ramp is signposted Xai Xai. The road is relatively good up to Xai-Xai (215 km north), but then deteriorates rapidly - potholes. Drive slowly. The bad road is only as far as Chidenguele, some 64 km north of Xai Xai. From here on, the road is in good condition having been recently rebuilt. At Lindela the road forks. The right fork takes you to Inhambane a further 37 km.

Beware of petrol attendants at stations along the way - they have been known to take advantage of your unfamiliarity with the metical. One trick to watch out for - the attendant starts filling your tank, but then the pump "blocks". He says he must restart the pump, but since this will constitute a second transaction, he encourages you to memorise the first sum displayed on the pump's meter. He then restarts the pump from zero, clocking up a second transaction. Once the tank is full, he makes a careless arithmetical error in adding up the two amounts. This adding mistake somehow seems to work out in his favour.

Be careful and pay attention to speed limits, especially when approaching and leaving small towns on route. This is prime territory for traffic police who tend to demand unreasonable spot fines. Do not overtake on solid white lines. If you feel you have done nothing wrong, do not give him your driver's license - argue the point and he will let you go. Remember to take 2 emergency triangles per vehicle or pay yet another spot fine if stopped and searched.